Michelle Angela Ortiz, Somos Seres Humanos (We Are Human Beings), 2019. From the Familias Separadas (Separated families) project, 2015–19. Installation view, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019. Site-specific installation, overall dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Sopheak Sam © Michelle Angela Ortiz
Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz’s Familias Separadas project amplifies the voices of families affected by separation and detention through large-scale public art works. Over the years, Ortiz has utilized cinema screens, building walls, and even a street in front of an ICE agency office to share stories of individuals who are too often dehumanized in their portrayal within existing narratives on immigration. Ortiz shares her experiences as both an artist and activist living in today’s contentious and divisive state, where immigration is a focal point in political rhetoric. Eva Respini, the ICA’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator and co-organizer of When Home Won’t Let You Stay, moderates this discussion.
This program is organized in conjunction with When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migrations through Contemporary Art, where Ortiz’s work is included.
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